On Tuesday, September 13, local Republican voters will be deciding which candidate they want to represent the 33rd State House of Representative seat in the upcoming general election. The 33rd District represents Kent County including parts of Frederica, Houston, Magnolia and Milford. The three Republican candidates are Morgan Hudson, Charles Postles and Robert Scott.
Charles Postles was born and raised in Milford. He has been married to his wife Janet for 44 years. They have three children and three grandchildren. A graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Postles has been a crop and poultry farmer for 40 years.
1. Why are you running for the Delaware House of Representatives?
We need an environment that grows the economy and provides jobs, by both expanding existing businesses and encouraging new startups. Delaware government can do better in controlling the cost of providing services to its citizens. I believe I can work effectively with other Delaware legislators to help accomplish these goals.
2. What personal or professional background will assist you in performing the duties of State House of Representatives?
My leadership experience on the Milford School District Board of Education from ’94 to ’03 and President of the Board ’97 to’98 enabled me to work with a diverse group (parents, students, staff and citizens) to improve student performance, add needed space (new Banneker building and other capital improvements) and boost employee morale. My service as a Director of the Delmarva Poultry Industry and a Director of Kent County Farm Bureau has afforded me the opportunity to help develop policies, plans and activities to help increase the economic strength of the agricultural community.
3. What statewide challenges do you believe are most significant and how will you assist in finding a solution ?
The most significant challenge facing the State is the state budget. In many areas, Delaware is among the top spenders, but among the bottom performers. In education, for example, Delaware is ranked in the top 10 in per pupil spending, but 30th in math and reading scores, even lower in SAT and ACT scores. We need a major reduction in spending by attacking waste, fraud and abuse – before adding new taxes.
Roads and infrastructure improvement are a significant local challenge. The Thompsonville exchange is nearly complete and will greatly improve the safety and travel time of citizens east of RT 1. The work at Little Heaven is under way, and while it will take some time to complete, it will also improve safety and traffic flow. South Frederica exchange work has also begun. Needed yet is the RT 14 exchange to serve Woodshaven. I will work diligently to expedite the completion of this long overdue project. Further streaming of traffic through Milford on RT 113 needs to be considered.
4. What local challenges do you believe are most significant and how will you assist in finding a solution ?
I plan to continue to dialogue with local town councils, school districts and emergency service providers (police, fire, medical responders) regarding their needs, concerns and plans so that cost effective solutions can be utilized.
5. Give an example of something you would like to change in the next year if you are elected to the Delaware House of Representative.
I would like to see a limitation on the introduction of “last minute” bills that are acted on in the last days of the legislative session, many without full vetting or public input.
6. Why should voters choose you over your opponent on Tuesday, September 13 ?
I believe I am the best candidate for the 33rd District Representative because I possess strong leadership abilities and the discipline necessary to change the culture of tax and spend. I have the experience and the ability to discern truth to a path forward. I have the strength of principles to pursue difficult solutions.
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